Bus services are the lifelines of our communities. They are a critical tool for the economic growth we need to see.
We know that good quality public transport is often the difference between accessing work and not, as well as increasing social inclusion and economic activity. I am bitterly disappointed at the recent figures which show the number of bus miles has decreased and 1,300 bus routes have been cut since 2010, whilst fares have increased five times faster than wages at the same time as the bus companies’ revenues and executive bonuses have continued to rise.
I would like to see legislation to give greater control over local bus services to cities and county regions. Through the ability to determine routes, set fares and integrate bus services with other forms of public transport, local areas would be able to provide better services at one clearly understood price.
I want to see a fairer bus industry, more balanced towards the needs of passengers rather than the chief executives of the big bus companies.